My second amendment tattoo


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collateral
April 26, 2007, 01:17 AM
I am meeting with a tattoo artist from Infinate Art (a good parlor in toledo) this week and discussing my chest piece. I like tattoos a lot, and I plan on getting some second amendment ink on my chest. Firearms are a really big part of my life, and I getting a tattoo expressing that makes sense to me.

As of right now, I plan on getting 2 Sks's crossed, with a banner on the top and bottom, the top will say "RKBA" and I dont know what I want the bottom to say...

Any ideas? Quotes.... anything?

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Browning
April 26, 2007, 01:23 AM
Some of these maybe....

"From My Cold Dead Hands"

"Keep Your Powder Dry".

The Tree of Liberty Must Be Refreshed From Time to Time With the Blood of Patriots and Tyrants"

Those are the ones that come to mind right now.

Give me a break if you don't like 'em, it's 11:19PM.

JWarren
April 26, 2007, 01:24 AM
It sounds like you already have tattoos by your "like" of them so I won't go into the whole "make sure you get something you can and want to live with all your life" thing. You probably already know that.

All I'd say is put a lot of thought into it, and make sure you get it exactly the way and where you want it.

I took over a year figuring out exactly what I wanted in the tattoo I have on my back. I got it over 10 years ago, and I still like it. It is a martial arts symbol that encompasses a philosophy I try to live my life by. I made sure I put it somewhere that is covered in my work environment-- some folks read a lot more into tattoos than others-- especially ones with guns in them.

Oh... and make sure you see samples of the work of whoever does it, and that they use not only clean needles, but use new ink for you if they have a dip system.

And yes... we all will want to see pics when you are done!


Good luck!


-- John


Edit: there is a site devoted to "body art" called BME. Do a google search to get the wed address. There is no way I'll post the link here due to some of its extreme and graphic images-- even its opening page. If you go to the "tattoo" section, you can see a lot of good ideas. I've seen a lot that deal with RKBA and other rights there.

cslinger
April 26, 2007, 01:26 AM
I am not a tatoo guy but if I ever got one it would be I Tan I Epi Tas surrounding a hoplite shield and spear with the horse main spartan war helmet at the top. Not really specifically releated to firearms but means something to me in general and can be applied to firearms much like Molon Labe.

collateral
April 26, 2007, 01:32 AM
Ive visited the parlor many times before, a friend of mine does piercings there and several of my friends have gotten their tattoos there as well, its a very clean, respectable place.

Browning, very good suggestions, I had been thinking about "From My Cold Dead Hands" for a while. Its most likely the quote I will go with.

JWarren, I actually dont have any yet haha, the reason being that I dont want to get something I'll regret. As I said though, firearms are a big part of my life, and I know I will never regret this. I have gone with a few people and seen them get theirs done, some of the tattoos I have seen are nothing short of amazing. I'll let it be known that Im into what you could call "alternative art." Namely tattoos and graffiti (not the junk that people throw up in a few minutes, but actual murals/banners that take hours...some of it is really really impressive.)
I decided to get it on my chest because I know that it will be covered by any shirt I will wear when I work.
I picked out the guy I want to do it because all of the tattoos Ive seen from him are very well done.

plexreticle
April 26, 2007, 01:34 AM
Ihttp://www.3eb.co.uk/images/smilies/grey/heart.gifGuns

cslinger
April 26, 2007, 01:36 AM
How about "I'm good for a bang anytime"

Sorry, couldn't resist. It's late.

collateral
April 26, 2007, 01:44 AM
hahahaha one of my friends suggested getting a heart with an arrow through it on my arm...instead of saying "mom" it would say "guns"

JWarren
April 26, 2007, 01:44 AM
I'll let it be known that Im into what you could call "alternative art."

Nothing wrong with that. One of the first financial planning clients I got was the owner of a piercing studio in New Orleans. I met her and her friend's while getting a drink at the bar of a club once. The woman had a shaved head that was tattoo'd and could never make it through a metal detector unscathed.

Once she came into my office and an older broker made a comment about her being a client of our firm. I promptly informed him that she had been in her profession longer than he had been in his, and that she made almost twice as much as he did. I wanted to impress on his rather pointedly that judging a book by its cover often deprives you of a lot of good learning.

He's still working there at that firm, and my former client is retired and living in Mexico now.

I decided to get it on my chest because I know that it will be covered by any shirt I will wear when I work.

If its dark ink, be ready to wear a T-shirt a LOT if you are in many jobs. Mine is solid black and will be visible through a white dress shirt. The blue ones and other colored shirts will cover it.

I've been toying with finishing my back out with a mosaic of Icarus falling from away from the sun with his wings melting all done in black. Yeah, its odd, but I do a lot of writing and that story has always been a powerful literary element that I've used repeatedly in my writing.

I just don't look forward to the HOURS of needlework to get that done.... we'll see.


--John

Run&Shoot
April 26, 2007, 01:52 AM
"All your bases are belong to us!" :D

230RN
April 26, 2007, 01:53 AM
I was thinking of getting one that said,

"Never do anything irrevocable."

collateral
April 26, 2007, 01:56 AM
A lot of people I hang out with arent exactly what you'd call "average looking citizens," but they are some of the very best people I have ever met, they would do anything for one of their friends, and can always be relied upon.
Its pretty unfair how people profile others who are different, Ive seen and experienced it. I myself have a septum ring, but I know when its appropriate to wear it, and when it isnt. For instance, I would never think of wearing it around my grandma, out of respect for her.

The Icarus mosaic would be very cool to see, if you get it done. I expect my chest piece will take quite a while as well. I plan on being a police officer, so I dont think concealing it will be too hard.

There are a lot of people I know from detroit who have face tattoos. I know a few guys who have the "D" tattooed underneath their right eye. It definitely draw attention haha.

JWarren
April 26, 2007, 01:59 AM
I know a few guys who have the "D" tattooed underneath their right eye.


Did you say "under the eyelid?" -- as in peel it up and start inking?

I think I just blacked out there for a moment.


-- John



Edit:

Just thought of something--and keeping this gun related.

On BME, I saw a tat of a parchment that rolled at the top and bottom where the ENTIRE Bill of Rights was written in flowing script. That one impressed me.

Gustav
April 26, 2007, 02:05 AM
Si vis pacem para bellum
The 9mm name comes from this Latin phrase
Good luck on your tattoo.

collateral
April 26, 2007, 02:06 AM
Did you say "under the eyelid?" -- as in peel it up and start inking?

My mistake, I meant as in, high up on their right cheek, about half an inch below where the bottom of the eye socket is.


On BME, I saw a tat of a parchment that rolled at the top and bottom where the ENTIRE Bill of Rights was written in flowing script. That one impressed me.

I saw that as well, definitely a LOT of time spent on that, by a very good artist.

I saw a picture of a guy from idaho with a neck tattoo, a sheild with the american flag on it, a tec 9 on both sides of the shield, with "2nd Amendment" above it. The tattoo itself was very well done... but I would never get something done on my neck.

Si vis pacem para bellum
The 9mm name comes from this Latin phrase
Good luck on your tattoo.

Thanks a lot. Something in latin would be very cool as well.

Phaetos
April 26, 2007, 02:26 AM
As much coverage as it gets here, why not put " Molon Labe" on the bottom, but use the Greek spelling, like they have for the car window stickers, in that thread floating around here somewhere.

Beachmaster
April 26, 2007, 02:56 AM
How about a small tattoo on your rear end that says "If you can read this you are too close!"

aaronrkelly
April 26, 2007, 06:22 AM
Si vis pacem para bellum
The 9mm name comes from this Latin phrase
Good luck on your tattoo.

I have that on my arm.....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v67/aaronrkelly/Tattoos/akarm.jpg


As much coverage as it gets here, why not put " Molon Labe" on the bottom, but use the Greek spelling, like they have for the car window stickers, in that thread floating around here somewhere.

I have that on my leg.....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v67/aaronrkelly/Tattoos/legtattoo.jpg


....and I also have this on my arm

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v67/aaronrkelly/Tattoos/libertyarm.jpg

gunsmith
April 26, 2007, 06:29 AM
I like Molon Labe but I don't like the sks idea, I would go with an American icon like a single six or a 1911 or a lever gun.

I've thought about getting the "don't Tread On Me" but with a cooler looking rattlesnake

aaronrkelly
April 26, 2007, 07:21 AM
My next piece will be very similar to this album cover....

http://www.spv.de/gfx_artikel/IcedEarth-reckoning.jpg

Darkside852003
April 26, 2007, 08:16 AM
Collateral good luck with your choice. When I choose to get some ink I mull over art for six months or more. My artist is Marshall at Eternal Tattoos he has done the majority of my work since I was 16.

Aaronrkelly nice art.

This might be my next piece with some changes. I will take out the backround and put a American flag in there and incorporate a 2A related wording. I am looking at other pinup art also.

Thylacine
April 26, 2007, 08:26 AM
I like, Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum. But I think I will be getting the Molon Labe.

lanternlad1
April 26, 2007, 04:05 PM
How about "the Weapon is Blameless" ? My favorite gun quote - From Kalashnikov himself.

bigger jon
April 26, 2007, 04:59 PM
M1 Grand! I just don`t get the SKS??? I`m a old guy and I relate SKS`s with the 79.99 they cost in the old days and where they come from? Go American:D

torpid
April 26, 2007, 05:07 PM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned a puppy with an SKS.

"From my cold, dead, tiny paws."

collateral
April 26, 2007, 05:17 PM
Thanks everyone for all of the great responses and inspiration.

A few of you are asking "why the sks," well the SKS was my first rifle (apart from my 10/22), I now own 2 skses. I understand getting something American, the M-14 was what I first considered, but I decided to get what I own, and an SKS would look a lot better than a 10/22 haha. It all comes down to personal preferance. (and dont worry guys, this will be my first ink, but I'm positive it wont be the last!)

Aaron, very cool tattoos. I like the AK on your arm quite a bit, where did you get those done?

Old pin-ups can be really cool, and IMO, very very american.

I have it narrowed down to "Molon Labe," and "From My Cold Dead Hands." I'm seeing a lot of tattoos through google that have one of those 2 quotes, so to me its kind of a unifying thing.

2TransAms
April 26, 2007, 05:18 PM
I'd sat go American. MIA or Garand. Other than that,you pretty much know what you want. We gotta see it when you're done you know.

You could also have the rifles crossed with a rattlesnake coiled around them,but still similar enough to the DTOM design to be recognizable. Then the wording could go however you wanted it,like in a tattered banner wrapping around the picture and through the rifles.

aaronrkelly
April 26, 2007, 05:23 PM
Mine were done in Centerville, IA by a guy named Curt at Octopus Ink.

He does a dang good job and work very reasonably.

The AK tattoo cost me $150. The Statue of Liberty was $110. The Molon Labe was $75. You can easily see at his rates why I am planning more work....

Once you get a tattoo then you can make your gun match...

My Molon Labe Kimber:

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w193/aaronsguns/Hand%20Guns/molonkimber2.jpg

My Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum Glock 19:

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w193/aaronsguns/Hand%20Guns/sivispacemglock.jpg

offthepaper
April 26, 2007, 05:38 PM
As of right now, I plan on getting 2 Sks's crossed, with a banner on the top and bottom, the top will say "RKBA" and I dont know what I want the bottom to say...

Any ideas? Quotes.... anything?
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Just a thought, perhaps a musket (Revolutionary War Era) crossed with an AR on stars and stripes (13 or 50 star). For the quote....."STILL PROTECTING FREEDOM".
Good luck and post pics of the final work.

SIRVEYR666
April 26, 2007, 06:26 PM
I had Brion (sic) Norwalk do my tattoo about 10 years ago. He does awesome work. He's a hell of a guitar player, too. If you see him, ask him if he's done anything with his band, Descendent. They were a huge (in the midwest) death metal band in the mid-90's. I'm thinking of getting one of mine covered up with a RKBA tattoo. It's fading really bad. It's my fault though, too much sun...and no one told me not to go out drinking the night before you get a tattoo. I guess the alcohol thins your blood just enough that you bleed the color right out.:banghead: Good luck, IA is a top notch studio.

inthemoss
April 26, 2007, 08:23 PM
although it wouldnt be a smart choice, i did find this entertaining.http://groups.msn.com/_Secure/0bADhAncffLGa!8RTp2ra9Mi!r27Uux4mIIbYqV10aeI4wopLE9pPNmWE!tarjg8SpiYX0rdJGESWoRW90ji3Dh9mmabG7rFmZqnQ4sw9BeDPc97WNy9QUZ*IZX7fSCGzoGf5oIs5seMeFjEYeie**JSjdvu2NGOq/Dont%20Tread%20on%20Me%20-%20in%20arabic.bmp?dc=4675475209351327223

The Viking
April 26, 2007, 09:30 PM
Wow. Chestpiece as a first tattoo? That's tough. Doing the chest hurts a LOT :D. Trust me on this.
And yes, we want pictures when its done.
As for ideas, well, it's 2.32 in the morning, so I ain't very creative right now.

/The Viking, carrying quite a lot of ink under his skin :)

TCB in TN
April 26, 2007, 10:38 PM
The chest does hurt, I have a pretty detailed eagle over my heart. I love it though. I am also contemplating a second one, and after reading this I may have to add a third. Perhaps a shoulder pc with a rifle with "Si vis pacem para bellum". ............................. My wife is going to kill me! :-)

helpless
April 26, 2007, 10:57 PM
Quote:
As much coverage as it gets here, why not put " Molon Labe" on the bottom, but use the Greek spelling, like they have for the car window stickers, in that thread floating around here somewhere.

The one in my sig.

My girls back is almost done.
http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h144/neinbalance/candacetatts.jpg

I have not decided what I want yet.
I love the loading screens on a lot of ww2 games. Might find some ideas there.

http://www.onemarinesview.com/one_marines_view/images/51362medalofhonorartwork2big_1.jpg

tasco 74
April 26, 2007, 11:26 PM
about the only tattoos i've ever liked were real small ones down by a woman's bikini line or on her ankle.......................

arcticap
April 26, 2007, 11:32 PM
Here's a couple of suggestions for your 2nd banner:

"Live Free or Die"

or

"Liberty or Death" (from Patrick Henry's famous speech :) )

"Give me liberty or give me death" is a famous quotation from a speech made by Patrick Henry to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

The speech was given March 23, 1775, at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, and is credited with having single-handedly convinced the Virginia House of Burgesses to pass a resolution delivering the Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War. In attendance were Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Reportedly, the crowd, upon hearing the speech, jumped up and shouted, "To Arms! To Arms!"


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Give_me_liberty_or_give_me_death


Also see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Henry

Uenoparker
April 27, 2007, 12:21 AM
I'd go for "Liberty's Teeth" -- George Washington, I believe, said that guns are Liberty's teeth.

Darkside852003
April 27, 2007, 12:43 AM
Collateral ink can be very addicting, just avoid impulse tats. I have a few on my forearms I wish I could get rid of, I will work them into my sleeves down the line. What part of MI are you from? Maybe we can hit the range.

Aaronrkelly is that Zipgravers work on your guns? I was thinking about sending my G19 to him for work. Those are some great prices for the ink you have.

Babarsac
April 27, 2007, 12:43 AM
Here are some ideas. I feel I have the courage to defend myself and my folks from harm but as for having someone draw a picture on me with a needle....yeah I've gotta get over that first :(

So far all I could find were the Read Baron images, I'll keep looking.

aaronrkelly
April 27, 2007, 02:54 AM
Aaronrkelly is that Zipgravers work on your guns? I was thinking about sending my G19 to him for work. Those are some great prices for the ink you have.

Yep, Zipgraver did both my guns.....his prices are even better than my tattoo artist....dont get me wrong, I like low prices but these guy are true artists and are worth twice what they are charging.

Go with Zipgraver, you wont be disappointed. Hes professional, damn good and fast......

The Viking
April 27, 2007, 03:21 PM
One should be wary when it comes to inexpensive tattoos...the rule "A cheap tattoo ain't good, and a good tattoo aint cheap" is often true...but sometimes you are lucky... I've got two that were quite cheap. And they ain't good. Going to cover em up. Starting with the first (and the smallest one). It'll probably hurt like hell, since there is a bunch of scar tissue in it. Bloody scratchers should be shot.

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